Space Station astronaut captures mammoth Hurricane Florence from directly above

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The National Hurricane Center says that "catastrophic" freshwater flooding is expected over portions of the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence inches closer to the U.S. East Coast.

There is around 156,068 people that have lost power and police have suspended their services in Morehead City and other coastal cities, warning any residents who remain in the evacuation zone that they will be without emergency services until the storm passes.

Tens of thousands are without power in North Carolina.

Forecasters expect Florence to hit the Carolinas early in the morning on September 14.

According to CNN, the hurricane hit the east coast of the USA with 90-mph winds and relentless rain.

The Verge says the Weather Channel has partnered with augmented reality company The Future Group to create the videos, which use the Unreal Engine, a video game development platform seen in many popular games today.

WXII-TV reports the city of New Bern said Friday that two out-of-state FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more teams were on the way. "We are stuck in the attic".

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence began battering the coast of North and South Carolina Thursday with strong winds and rain.

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Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly. But that, combined with the storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had Gov. Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster. "Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience". Hurricane Florence's path is hitting many counties where fewer than 5% of people have flood insurance. An additional 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Governor Cooper said, with more facilities being opened. Here's why this storm threatens not only the coast but millions of people inland.

150: The number of people requesting rescue in flooded New Bern, North Carolina, where water levels reached 10 feet overnight. He could not yet confirm whether there were injuries or fatalities. "We were able to evacuate quite a few; some did not go", he said.

She said the water in some areas had topped mailboxes, and in low-lying places filled the first and second floors of homes.

In a new demonstration of the network's CGI capabilities, hosts have presented from the centre of a digital storm surge to demonstrate the hurricane's damaging potential.

The result: prolonged storm surge, wind and rain.

The eye wall of Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall within hours on the coastline.

With the brunt of the storm yet to come, a gauge on the Neuse River in New Bern, a city near the coast, was already recording 10 feet (3 meters) of inundation, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

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